Almeria Province - Garrucha

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The main touristic attraction of this coastal town in the province of Almería comes from its history. In the 18th Century, when the town experienced its most fruitful time period as a port for the Levante mines, it began to get known as the ¨little San Sebastián¨. Due to this, Garrucha became a holiday destination for families of good economic and social standing. For a long time it was residence to the vice-consuls of ten different countries.

Whilst walking around the streets of the town, the promenade, known as El Malecón, will attract particular attention as it has a beautiful balcony from where there is a magnificent view of Garrucha beach where the Jesús de Nazareno Castle is located, also known as the San Ramón Castle. Built in the 18th Century, this is a military fortress that was put up to provide defense to the continuous pirate attacks. Still standing are two turrets and the parade ground. Thanks to this, Garrucha forms part of the Route of Castles through Andalucian land.

Other interesting buildings are the Town Hall, which is built over an antique salt deposit constructed during the times of Arab domination; The Parish Church of San Joaquín, the town´s most important religious building which dates back to the 14th Century; The Fish Market; the House of Marina de la Torre, built in a mudéjar style dating back from the 20th Century and the Tower of the San Jacinto Foundry, which crowns a hill from where you can see a wide panoramic of Garrucha and its surroundings. 

Also worth a slow and deliberate visit are the three ports: the marina, more and more crowded every day with those who are keen on water sports; the commercial port, previously made for the transport of minerals and today for the casts of Sorbas; and the fishing port, the second most important in Almería province and where the most flavoursome fish arrive to be auctioned off at the Garrucha fish market at dusk of every working day.

Marina Info

Latitude: 37*10'9"N - Longitude: 1*49'W - VHF: CH9 & 16

Harbour Entrance width: 170m depth: 14m

227 Moorings, 5-12m deep

Garrucha Marina

(Puerto Deportivo de Garrucha)

 

Magnificent beaches of fine sand.

Things to see:

Naturist zone in Vera Playa with hotel and camping.
Visit the caves of Almanzora only 15 kms away.

Gastronomy

It comes as no surprise that fish is one of the most essential ingredients to the local gastronomy of Garrucha. Among the many varieties of fish with which the chefs work in the kitchen are the red prawns, mackerel, baby clams, sole and red snappers, among others. With these, they make exquisite seafood stews, casseroles and paellas. Also delicious are dishes like ´gurullos´ with snails or noodle soup.

Celebrations

In the festive calendar, the San Juan Festivities take prime position, which is celebrated on the beach under the light of gigantic bonfires. The San Joaquín Feria, which takes place in August, the pilgrimage and crosses of May, the Carnival and Easter Week are also joyous occasions in the town.

How To Get There

The town of Garrucha is located 90 kilometres from Almeria city, from where you can take exit number 520 off the A-7 towards Murcia. Then, link onto the A-370 and once you have crossed Los Gallardos, you arrive at your destination.

By Shenai Martínez Fernández
Translated by Charlie Edwards

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